A Lavender Bath with Epsom Salt

Did you know that lavender is derived from the Latin word, lavare, which means to wash? I enjoyed learning this because I often put several drops of lavender essential oil in the bath water. Relaxing in a lavender bath washes away the “residue” of a busy day. It calms my overstimulated mind and eases me into a peaceful night of rest.

Recently my 14 year old granddaughter spent time with me while her parents were out of town. She plays volleyball and often has trouble winding down after a competitive round of games. It turns out that a lavender bath is a great way to for her to relax and get some zzz’s.

To make a lavender bath, simply add 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to warm water. The water should be warm, not piping hot, if you are planning to slip into bed afterwards. Hot water can be stimulating and may keep you awake. This I know first hand.

I also like to add some epsom salt. Epsom salt is different from traditional salts in that it is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. These minerals have  powerful health benefits that can enhance the detoxification ability of the body. If I have super sore muscles from a workout in the garden or an intense yoga class, I add 2 cups of epsom salt to the bath water. I ususally do this two to three times a week.  If it is a normal day, I add one cup. Because of it is soothing to skin and relaxes muscles, lavender essential oil and epsom salt is a winning combination for a good night of deep healing sleep.

This is a ritual I plan to keep forever.  Sometimes I use other essential oils or herbs depending on my mood or the kind of day I’m going to have.  However, lavender and epsom salt are old standbys that come through for me again and again.

Does anyone use lavender and/or epsom salt in your bath?                  Happy bathing,   Kathy

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